Category Archives: Dead

Killed – Alex Cora DeJesus (Weare, NH)

Alex Cora DeJesus2

CONCORD, N.H. — A tired police officer, poor planning and a series of bad decisions converged eight months ago to turn an attempted drug bust in Weare into a chaotic fatal shooting, the state attorney general said.

Attorney General Joseph Foster ultimately opted not to prosecute Weare police officer Nicholas Nadeau for the death of Alex Cora DeJesus, a decision made against a backdrop of laws and precedents that are weighted heavily in favor of an officer’s split-second judgment. Even if an officer’s perception is mistaken, he is spared legal consequences if he reasonably believed there was a threat to the officer or others.

But Foster’s report, issued this week, was highly critical of what he called an “ill-conceived” plan to snare a suspected drug dealer and the “rash and poorly-planned response” that led to DeJesus’ death the night of Aug. 14.

According to Foster’s report, police learned of DeJesus from a confidential informant who agreed to set him up in exchange for a reduced sentence on drug and DWI charges. Using two other informants, DeJesus was lured to a parking lot to sell $600 worth of heroin. At the time he drove from Manchester to Weare, one informant told police DeJesus had been using heroin and cocaine.

Five officers — including Sgt. Joseph Kelley, Nadeau and Officer Kenneth Cox — spread out in unmarked cruisers around the parking lot.

The 35-year-old DeJesus pulled in with his girlfriend in the passenger seat and parked. After the two informants met with him and walked away, three cruisers — blue lights flashing — and several officers with guns drawn approached.

DeJesus backed out and started to speed away when Cox fired two shots. Both bullets hit the car but missed DeJesus. Nadeau fired his shotgun, hitting DeJesus in the temple. The car kept going until it drifted off the road into a grove of trees a hundred yards away.

“There was no indication that DeJesus was armed or likely to be armed at the time of the incident,” Foster wrote. He also noted that evidence disputed Nadeau’s contention that he thought the speeding car was going to hit him or Kelley.

On August 14th, 2013, a second staged drug transaction was orchestrated by the Weare police, through the use of multiple informants.   After 10:00 p.m., DeJesus was lured to a Dunkin Donuts parking lot, according to the investigation, to meet the informants and to perform a transaction worth $600.

WEARE, N.H. —The town of Weare will pay $300,000 to the family of a 35-year-old man killed last year by a police officer during a drug sting that was sharply criticized by the state’s attorney general.

The Concord Monitor reports a settlement agreement was signed June 10. The town’s insurance company has given the payment to Alex Cora DeJesus’ estate.

Double Shooting – Killed – Jerome Copeland (Hartford, CT)

Jerome Copeland

Two people were shot near Farmington and Evergreen avenues in the West End just before 10 p.m. on Wednesday, according to police.

One victim, Jerome Copeland, 22, has died, police said.

Evelyn Dukes said Copeland was a dad.

“He was a young father, struggling, trying to make ends meet,” she said. “But nobody deserves to get killed like that.”

The second victim’s condition is unknown, but his injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, police said.

Demetry McLean, 22, will be charged in the Aug. 14 murder of Jerome Copeland, who was shot to death at the corner of Farmington and Evergreen avenues in the city’s West End. Authorities obtained a warrant for his arrest on Thursday.

(CBS Connecticut) — Hartford police have identified a suspect in a shooting on Evergreen Avenue last summer, but they say he may have fled the state or the country.   They have an arrest warrant for 22-year-old Demetry McLean, wanted in the shootings of Jerome Copeland and Rasheed Sterling — both 22 —  who were found suffering multiple gunshot wounds outside number 48 Evergreen last August 14.  Both had suffered numerous gunshot wounds, and Copeland later died of his injuries.

Killed – Donny Gene Simmons Jr. (Hayward, CA)

Donny Gene Simmons Jr.

(08-15) 23:32 PDT HAYWARD — Hayward police shot and killed a domestic-violence suspect after he charged at officers with a knife, department officials said Thursday.

The incident began about 9:20 p.m. Wednesday when a girl called 911 to report that her parents were fighting at an apartment on the 2100 block of West Tennyson Road, said police Lt. Mark Stuart. Dispatchers could hear yelling in the background, he said.

The girl told dispatchers that her father had a knife “and was threatening to kill the mother,” Stuart said.

Police could hear yelling and screaming as they arrived, Stuart said. When they entered the apartment, he said, officers “were immediately met by a male subject who was armed with a knife.”

At least one officer opened fire when the man came toward police with the knife raised, Stuart said.

The man, identified by family members as Donny Gene Simmons Jr., 37, was killed.

Killed – Lorenzo Feliciano (Chicago, IL)


Lorenzo Feliciano was pronounced dead today Nov 3 at 2:42 p.m. at Kindred North Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Feliciano was shot on the 8500 block of South Oglesby Avenue which is the same block where he lived, officials said.

Feliciano was shot about 9:25 p.m. on Aug. 14. He had been in critical condition after being shot in the chest and neck.

Killed – Perry Johnson (Gary, IN)


GARY, Ind. (STMW) – A man shot several times outside his home Wednesday night died a short time later at the emergency room.

Perry Johnson, 39, of the 200 block of Cleveland Street, was pronounced dead at the Methodist Hospitals Northlake campus at 10:03 p.m., a news release from the Lake County coroner states.

Patrolmen Donald Briggs, Kevin Campbell and Jeston Walker arrived in the area about 8:40 p.m. after learning of a gunshot victim outside. They found Johnson lying on the ground. He was rushed to the hospital.

Killed – Samantha Cass (North Little Rock, AR)

Samantha Cass


NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR – Police have released the name of the woman shot and killed as she drove through an intersection Wednesday night.

She is identified as Samantha Cass, 31, of North Little Rock. Police say she was married and the baby in the backseat, who was not hurt, was hers. The child is now with the father.

According to a Facebook page for the woman, she was a graduate of Pine Bluff High School and attended UALR. She worked as an accountant and also a restaurant server.

The woman was reportedly driving with an infant in her car on McCain, when the suspect, who was also driving, held a weapon out the window of the Ford pickup and fired what some witnesses are saying were multiple shots.

Police urge anyone with information about the incident that happened around 7 p.m. at JFK and McCain, to call the 24-hour tip line at (501) 680-8439.

Killed – Steven Riley (Hartford, CT)

Steven Riley

Police have identified the man found dead in a car on Wednesday at Harrison Place in Hartford.

Steven Riley, 26, was found shot to death in a running car around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

The car could have been running for most of the day, and the body was there for hours, according to police.